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Dressing Gown

ca. 1840 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Dressing gowns often resembled outdoor coats with their lapels, waist seams and double-breasted fastenings. Because men generally wore them inside, the materials were lighter and included colourful printed cotton, patterned silk, velvet and flannel. They tended to be more formal and tailored than dressing gowns today.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed cotton, lined with cotton
Brief Description
Dressing gown of printed cotton, Great Britain, ca. 1840
Physical Description
Dressing gown of printed cotton. The ground in madder and the all-over pattern consists of step-like linked horizontal motifs in pink bordered in red and white diagonal stripes, and yellow bordered in vermilion, surrounding staggered rows of larger pale blue shapes in each of which is a design consisting of the step shapes and floral motifs in white.



The gown is knee-length with a six button double-breasted fastening, waist seam and flared skirt with a central back inverted pleat flanked by a narrower one running down each of the side bodice seams. There are two diagonal welt pockets at the front. The collar is turn down and fairly narrow, forming lapels when the garment is not fastened up to the neck. There is another button at the neck and at the waist on the left hand side showing that the garment was usually fastened left to right, though the other was equally possible. The buttons are small, round and self covered. The sleeves are long, slightly gathered at the shoulders and have welted cuffs fastening with four small pink composition buttons which may be a replacement. The back is lined with beige ribbon cotton, and the sides faced back with printed cotton.
Dimensions
  • Waist measured inside garment circumference: 102cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Chest measured inside garment circumference: 115cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape waist length: 52cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape hem length: 119cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Across back width: 40cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Sleeve length shoulder to cuff length: 59.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Sleeve length underarm to cuff length: 58cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Cuff circumference: 25cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
Credit line
Given by Mrs E. Alliott
Summary
Dressing gowns often resembled outdoor coats with their lapels, waist seams and double-breasted fastenings. Because men generally wore them inside, the materials were lighter and included colourful printed cotton, patterned silk, velvet and flannel. They tended to be more formal and tailored than dressing gowns today.
Collection
Accession Number
T.134-1967

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record createdMarch 11, 2005
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